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2021 Lexus NX 300h vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Review

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2021 Lexus
NX 300h

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2021 Toyota
Highlander Hybrid

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MSRP*
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$40,160 to $46,910
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$38,735 to $50,640
Invoice* $37,751 to $44,096 $35,513 to $46,428
MPG - City 33 35 - 36
MPG - Hwy 30 34 - 35
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid than in the Lexus NX 300h, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Lexus NX 300h, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
With the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Lexus NX 300h, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Lexus NX 300h is somewhat more expensive than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Lexus NX 300h carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus NX 300h is much slimmer than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Lexus NX 300h, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Lexus NX 300h doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Handling
The Lexus NX 300h has the same turning radius as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300h for pulling heavy loads. The Lexus NX 300h has a little less horsepower than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Lexus NX 300h seats a lot fewer people than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The Lexus NX 300h has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus NX 300h than that of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.